Efrosini Protopapa
20042020

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Biography

I am a London-based choreographer and scholar interested in experimental and conceptual practices across dance, theatre and performance, particularly through notions of negotiation, thinking and encounter in/as performance.

Recently, I completed the research project Dramaturgy at Work, which led to the publication of the book 'The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance' (Valiz). I was also commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance to create the triptych of works 'Disputatio I, II, III' which toured in galleries in the UK. Lately I have been working with a number of international artists and scholars, in the context of a choreographic research project provisionally entitled 'the friend at work'.

I have presented choreographic work interntaionlly, including in The Netherlands, Germany and Greece, and collaborated with artists Siobhan Davies, Ivana Muller, Tino Sehgal, Frank Bock, Carol Brown and Gill Clarke. I was awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, and I have been Artist in Residence at Dance4 and a participating artist in the Sadler's Wells Summer University.

My practice-led PhD from Roehampton proposed the notion of 'possibilising dance' through the re-imagining of the theatre stage as a space for thinking in choreography. Prior to joining Roehampton in 2013, I taught at Laban, the Central School of Speech and Drama, the University of Surrey, Goldsmiths and Coventry University, as well as internationally. I publish in journals, arts publications and catalogues for performance festivals.

 

Qualifications

BA Dance Studies, State School of Dance, Athens

BA(Hons) Theatre Studies, School of Philosophy, Athens

MA(Dist) Dance Studies, Laban, London

PhD, Roehampton University, London

Research interests

I am broadly interested in the following areas and welcome proposals for PhD projects that relate to:

  • experimental practices in dance, theatre and performance
  • contemporary European choreography and dramaturgy
  • collectivity, collaboration and artistic modes of production
  • dance, performance, choreography and philosophy
  • thinking, negotiation, value, labor and encounter in performance
  • conceptual art, Fluxus, Judson Dance Theatre and the 1960s/70s
  • visual arts and dance, curatorial practices, choreography for the museum
  • improvisation, scores and game-structures
  • practice-as-research methodologies

Professional affiliations

Trustee, Board of Indpendent Dance.

Advisor, Board of Trustees and Advisors of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund.

Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

Consultancy work

Member, Selection panel for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship Program by ARTWORKS.

External Examiner, MA/MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching programme, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

I also work as a dramaturg, advisor and mentor for artists internationally.